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Clean environment improves healing and faster recovery besides enhancing patients’ experience at health facility. The Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Shri J P Naddahas launched ‘Kayakalp Award Scheme’ on May 15, 2015 as an extension of ‘Swachh Bharat Mission.’ Aim of initiative is to improve and promote the cleanliness, hygiene, waste management and infection control practices in public health care facilities and incentivize the exemplary performing facilities. The scheme is intended to encourage and incentivize Public Health Facilities (PHFs) in the country to demonstrate their commitment for cleanliness, hygiene and infection control practices.
Initiated from District hospitals in 2015, the scheme has been expanded to the PHC level by 2016. In 2017, Kayakalp scheme would also be covering all Urban Health Facilities. The objectives of the award scheme isto inculcate a culture of ongoing assessment and peer review of performance related to hygiene, to incentivize and recognize such public healthcare facilities that show exemplary performance in adhering to standard protocols of cleanliness and infection control, cleanliness and sanitation, to create and share sustainable practices related to improved cleanliness in public health facilities linked to positive health outcomes.
Swachh Swasth Sarvatra
Ministry of Health& Family Welfare (MoHFW) &Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation (MDWS) have started an integrated scheme under Swachh Bharat Mission named as “Swachh SwasthSarvatra” on December 29, 2016. The aim of this scheme is to strengthen community health centres in open defecation free (ODF) blocks across the country along with behavioural change to enable them achieve higher levels of cleanliness and hygiene with the goal of making India free of open defecation. Three broad objectives of this scheme are:-
1. Enabling Gram Panchayat where Kayakalp awarded PHCs are located to become ODF.
2. Strengthening Community Health Centre (CHC) in ODF blocks to achieve a high level of cleanliness to meet Kayakalp standards through a support of Rs 10 Lakh under NHM.
3. Build capacity through training in water, sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) to nominees from such CHCs and PHCs.